Chandigarh witnesses driest July since 2016

37% deficit rainfall in past 2 months

Chandigarh witnesses driest July since 2016

Dark clouds hover over Panjab University in Chandigarh on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 1

The City Beautiful recorded 37 per cent deficit rainfall in the first two months of monsoon this year, besides witnessing the driest July since 2016.

According to the Chandigarh Meteorological Department, 421.7 mm of rainfall in June and July is considered normal in the UT. However, the city witnessed only 267-mm rainfall in these two months.

“Haryana saw 47 per cent excess rainfall and Punjab saw normal rainfall. But some places like Ambala, Panchkula and Chandigarh did not see the same impact. One of the reasons for less rainfall in Chandigarh is that its normal rainfall is more than that of the neighbouring towns,” said Shivinder, a scientist at the local Meteorological Department.

This July, the city recorded only 128.6-mm rainfall. It was over 300 mm in the month for the previous three years. Chandigarh recorded 302.6 mm, 323.5 mm and 319.2-mm rainfall in 2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively. In 2017, it recorded 242-mm rainfall. It was way back in the July of 2016 that the city saw lesser rainfall (109.5 mm) than this year. July 1994 witnessed the all-time high of 602.1-mm rainfall here.

“The northwest region is expected to see a good rainfall in the remaining monsoon month. There is no specific extended forecast for small places like Chandigarh,” said a Met official.

Weather ahead: The Met Department has forecast light rain for the next three days. The city is likely to see generally cloudy conditions till August 4.

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